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by: Dr. Tom Richards

The Korea Stamp Society was founded in 1951 by a small group of Americans who desired to share their mutual interest in Korean philately. A number of them had visited or served in Korea in various civilian or governmental capacities. While there, they acquired an interest in the colorful and often elusive stamps of the country.

( More about the Society)                        (History of the Society)

                                        (KSS's Officers)

( Monument to KSS's First Web Site)


by: Peter Beck, KSS President

July 2010

Where to begin?

Where to begin? Like the Korea Stamp Society, I have faced several challenges since my last notes many moons ago. The demands of work and family prevented me from being an active member of KSS, and for the hobby we all love. Fortunately, ours is a hobby (and hopefully society) that patiently waits for the day when our schedules are less full. The ever-vigilant Harry Penn has maintained our website through thick and thin, and our valiant treasurer, John Talmage, has kept our society running smoothly. Our wonderful editor, Gary McLean, has faced his share of challenges, but recently informed me that he is ready to publish the next two issues of Korean Philately. Great news!

(Read the rest)

"Korean Philately"

When Dr. Gary N. McLean assumed the editorialship of Korean Philately, beginning with the first issue of 1995, he established the concept of an annual front-cover design. Therefore, the only cover-data that changes with each issue during the year, is the publication date, and the index-box showing the contents of each quarterly publication.

(KSS's Korean Philately Archives:1995-2008)
              (2008)    (2007)
              (2006)    (2005)    (2004)    (2003)    (2002)    (2001)
              (2000)    (1999)    (1998)    (1997)    (1996)    (1995)

(Article Index: 
               (2008)    (2007)
              (2006)    (2005)    (2004)    (2003)    (2002)    (2001)
              (2000)    (1999)    (1998)    (1997)    (1996)    (1995)

( Policies for KP submissions)



by: Gary N. McLean, KSS Editor

February 2013

Latest Editorial

KSS's Secretary/Treasurer
Sec/Treas. Notes
John E. Talmage Jr., Sec/Treas.,


For those thinking about Society membership.

KSS members business sites and addresses.

February 2009

New Members

Peter C. #1163
Raleigh, NC 27609

New Email:
Wallace Craig

Address Changes::
Ronald C. H.
Niceville, FL 32578

Harry L. A.
Houston, TX 77074

Gene L.
Higley, AZ 85236

KSS's Library

Library Column
William Collyer, Librarian,

February 2003

William Collyer has submitted his resignation as Society Librarian. Bill will be remembered for his success in moving our library to the WPL. Thanks, Bill, for all of your efforts on our behalf.

Western Philatelic Library
List of KSS holdings-Apr. 2011

More on the KSS-Library


(January, 2012)

2012 NAPEX

(January, 2012)


(August, 2012)

Stamp Show-Sacremento

(January, 2012)



(LAND/PEOPLE I:)   Chronological Table: History of Korea

( Go to the Consolidated History Section)


by: Dr. James W. Kerr

In ancient times signal fires arranged in more or less concentric circles around the capital were the only official communication means to the far reaches of the Kingdom. These were still in use for special occasions in the 1930’s. By 1587 a “pony express” courier system was in use; their brass medallion passes (Ma Pae) designating rank of the rider and the number of horses the bearer could requisition are highly prized today. A central control station was established about a century later.

( More of Kerr's Old Korea)

Korea's Monarchy Stamp of 1902
by: Michael Rogers

The Korean monarchy’s sole commemorative stamp was issued in 1902. It is a fascinating stamp to study. The orange stamp, shown in Figure 1, is the 3-cheun Emperor’s Crown, Korea Scott 34, It was issued to honor the 40th year of the reign of Emperor Kojong.

See the 3-cheun Emperor’s Crown
Figure 1.

( More of Micheal Rogers' Korea's Monarchy Stamp of 1902)

(NORTH KOREA-DPRK): (CIA's "Fact Book")


by: Shih Wai Zhong
Translated by: Prof. P. Kevin MacKeown

Subsequent (N.) Korean stamp issues can be divided into three periods:

1. 1946 to 1953, the early post-liberation and Korean War period. Stamps of this period primarily feature political themes, with design and printing of a simple nature; reprints of the majority of these were issued in 1957.

2. 1954 to 1975, the scope of the issues became larger—scenery, flora and fauna, sports, folk customs, etc., still with strong political overtones.

3. 1976 to date, the scope of the topical material is much broader, and international themes play a relatively important role, printing is finer, and colors more beautiful. A particular feature of the stamps of this period is the occurrence, in addition to Korean text, of the English designation, “DPR KOREA.”

( More of Zhong's North Korea)

"Stamps of North Korea provide challenges"  
by: Michael Rogers

As printed in LINN's STAMP NEWS, February 21, 2000    :    

      In the early 1990s, North Vietnamese stamps became available to stamp collectors in the United States. The Scott Publishing Co. provided listings in its catalog, along with valuations and illustrations. Material from Vietnam and Europe rapidly inundated the U.S. market. Even the scarcest stamps became easy to obtain.

      Collecting North Korean stamps is far more challenging. Not as much is known about North Korean stamps. The major overseas catalogs do not agree in their listings, and few dealers enjoy a comprehensive inventory. Although the 1946-52 stamp issues endured the Korean War, many stamps were destroyed and data is incomplete.

( More about The Stamps of North Korea)

Reviewed by Ted Hallock
Jayson Hyun

D.P.R.K (North Korea) 1946-l957 plate identified: A handbook
Author: Dr. Taizo Maeda

Determining differences between North Korea’s original issues circa 1946 to 1956 and its officially issued reprints (or some prefer “new printings”) has never been simple. But unlike the P. R. China reprints, NK’s are usually identifiable, but often only when you have both the original (0) and the reprint (R).

( More about Book Review)

The North Korean "Reprints"
by: J. Kevin MacKeown

These "official imitations", commonly referred to as reprints, are among the earliest and often despised, acquaintances of any collector of North Korea, and much is known about them. Maeda's (2000) monograph is an invaluable guide in this respect. Their status in the catalogues, however, is marginal. Gibbons mentions only that they could be, and have been, used for postage, but as that was not their primary purpose, we do not list them.

( More about North Korean "Reprints")

TO: F.L. Korean (my pen-name),
     Monday, November 26, 2007.

A few years ago, I received a bundle of North Korean stamps from relatives. I am not an expert on stamps, but I have tried to find out if these stamps carry any value, other than the emotional value. Unfortunately, my searching didn't provide me with any answers. I've flipped through many books and have scoured the internet, but all to no avail. As luck would have it, I stumbled upon your page a little while ago, where I found this e-mail address. I hope you don't mind me asking this of you, but as experts on the matter, could you help me determine the value of my stamps? I have attached the pictures to this e-mail in .zip format. Windows XP and/or Windows Vista should have no problem opening it. There is one thing I would like to mention. If you were to carefully examine photo B, you would find that the date on the stamp and the rubber stamp itself do not match. On the stamp there's the year 1948, but the rubber stamp seems to be from 1946. I found this rather peculiar. I really do hope you can help me.

With kindest regards,

( More about North Korean "Sheets")

(SOUTH KOREA-ROK): (CIA's "Fact Book")


by: F. L. Korean

Five months after U. S. troops landed in the Southern part of the Korean peninsula, in September 1945, six overprinted/surcharged Japanese stamps were temporarily placed in use on February 1, 1946. This was under the direction of the U. S. Military Government.

Five months later, on June 30, 1946, the six overprinted/surcharged Japanese stamps were withdrawn from use; having been replaced by the Korean designed, but Japanese printed, six stamp "Liberation from Japanese Rule" set, which were issued May 1, 1946.
See the Overprinted Japanese Stamps
See the "Liberation from Japanese Rule" set

( More of Korean's South Korea)

THE KOREAN WAR (1950-1953):

USFK's 60th Anniv.

"U.S. Korean War Vets Welcomed to Seoul"  
As reported June 4, 2000, by Sang-Hun Choe, The Associated Press.

SEOUL, South Korea - Half a century has passed since a 17-year old Joseph F. Shearer fought a war in a country he had never heard of before. Still, it was tough coming back to Korea this week.

( The rest of the newspaper article)

"La guerre de Coree s'achevait"
(Article on the KOREAN WAR (1950-1953))
(In French)
By: J.L.Emmenegger
The author's biography

The following two files are in "PDF" format; so you need to have "ACROBAT READER" installed to view them:
Go here to download a FREE copy

J.L.Emmenegger's 1st edition
J.L.Emmenegger's 2nd edition





Beginning in 1995, South Korea's Philatelic Issuing Authority became entitled "Ministry of Information and Communications", due to a late 1994 reorganization that caused a name change from the previous "Ministry of Communications". As its name implies, "The Ministry (MIC)" is responsible for research, developement, and management/oversight of missions ranging from the Ultra-High-Tech, to the mostly Terra-Firma operations of "The Bureau of Posts".

At least since 1996, MIC has been broadcasting Stamp information over the InterNet, in both the Hangul (Korean) and English languages. During this period the earliest stamp information available has remained constant, with the Issuance of 1994 being displayed. Beginning with the 1997 issuance broadcast, the previous stamp picture-only display was expanded to include stamp topic description. Finally, in late 1998 stamp characteristical information was added below the topic description.

O/A April 1, 2001, MIC's WebSite was revamped. Gone was any mention of Stamps, or the previously present Postal Administration Section. After surfing the Web, for a month, it is apparent that the only English info on Korean Stamps being broadcast out of Korea, is on The Postal Museum's WebSite.

Also O/A April 1, 2001, I became aware of a hyper-link on MIC's WebSite directing users to a "Korean Post" WebSite which contained Korean Stamp Information; but, only in Hangul/Korean.

O/A August 1, 2001, the Korean Post WebSite turned-on an English-side to their broadcast, which also included English stamp information.

O/A July 31, 2005, the Korean Post Website (both Korean & English), put-up re-designed Websites.

O/A Nov. 2005, the Postmuseum web-site stopped broadcasting in conjuction with the moving of the Museum to a new site. When it came back-up, in late 2006, it had been redesigned; NO MORE KOREAN STAMPS.

O/A Nov. 1, 2007, the Korean Post Website (both Korean & English), put-up re-designed Websites.

(Korea Post WebSite entrance)

(/Hangul     Korean Post-Korean-side 2011 Stamp Issuance Schedule)

(English/ Korean Post-English-side 2011 Stamp Issuance Schedule)

Mid-2007, I ran accross a web-site called "The Korean Portal System". I beleive it to be operated by the Korean Philatelic Center:

/Hangul     Korean Portal System-Korean-side

/English     Korean Portal System-English-side

                       WEBZINE for Korean Stamp Review

( LINN'S New Issues-Asia archives(KSS-USA straight shots))

South Korean Postage Stamp Catalogue(KPC)

DPR Korean Stamp Catalogue(KSC)


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KSS's KorBase - Summarized Philatelic Info

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Some S. Korean First Day Covers

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S. Korean Stamp Information Cards

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MIC's Periodically Released Stamp Folders

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